Stories about East Asia from September, 2005
Vietnam: Spice up your expat life
Bored in a Vietnamese city on a Friday night? Try wandering around bars pretending to be Michael Caine, writes Friskodude.
South Korea: New ambassador
The Marmot's Hole comments on the naming of a new South Korean ambassador to the United States.
China: Graffiti ala mafioso
Tian picks up on a photo from Flickr of an apparent advertisement by a recently released jailbird in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, who wants to join or set up his own criminal organization.
China: New Party school
China Herald takes a look at the new Party school which opened in Shanghai in March 2005.
China: Shanghai streets
Shanghai Sky posts a series of street-level photos on Flickr, including a portrait of the unsung heroes of China's eastern metropolis: the traffic cop's assistants.
Chinese Bloggers on the New Internet Regulation
Ministry of Information Industry of China issued a new regulation called “Rules on the Administration of Internet News Information Services” (For Chinese Original and unofficial English Translation of the document), which aims to put more monitoring and control over Chinese internet, including News Portal Websites, Bulletin Board System and Blog....
Indonesian Blogs: Oil, protests, and bird flu
Fuel hike, demonstrations and heavy traffic jams: The government is planning to raise fuel prices on this Saturday, 1st October to address the budget deficit, and already Indonesia has seen demonstrations against the hike in the streets of Jakarta. Sporadic protests against a price increase have been launched across Indonesia...
Burma/Myanmar: The name game
Just a little conversation…about romanization. Burma Underground throws its hat into the ring on the Burma/Myanmar naming debate.
Cambodia: What, no laptops?
Beth Kanter asks what happened to a much-vaunted scheme to provide hand-cranking laptops to children in Third World countries, and whether Cambodians will benefit from it.
Indonesia: Fuel price increases
Bali Blog braces for squalls in Indonesia following the announcement of fuel price hikes, which have historically been a flashpoint for popular unrest.
South Korea: Secrets of golfing success
AsiaPundit notes that the secret of the success of South Korean women golfers has at last been made public.
China, Japan: Threat assessment
Angry Chinese Blogger analyses just how threatening a recent leaked Japanese government document on the military threat posed by China may be to Sino-Japanese relations.
China: Unofficial news reporting
Xici Hutong posts unpublished field-notes from a Zhejiang-based Xinhua reporter regarding disciplinary action against a high-ranking Nanjing official, but the link leads now to an error message. However, ESWN has translated a portion of the report into English.
Hong Kong: Li Ao presser
ESWN translates part of the Hong Kong news conference given by Taiwan writer Li Ao, freshly arrived from his controversial speaking tour of the mainland, including the various ways in which the local press handled his stab at a common Cantonese expression…
China: U.S. citizens expelled
China Herald rounds up news coverage of the expulsion of Randy Guthrie and another U.S. citizen from China after both had served short jail terms for selling illegal DVDs.
China: Internet regs seen before
Running Dog comments on the latest set of Internet guidelines to come out of Beijing, saying that the new rules are a re-hash of the old, and that China's ability to filter and censor the Internet is already well known.
Singapore: Blogs worse than porn?
Huichieh Loy, at From a Singapore Angle takes issue with a recent commentary in the Straits Times newspaper saying blogs are worse than porn, and links to the storm of reaction this kicks up in the blogosphere.
Malaysia: ISA could lead to rights abuses
Human Rights Watch reports that Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA), which gives the government unchecked powers to detain individuals for long periods without charge, is a recipe for abuse.
Thailand: Music from Chaozhou
Thai-Blogs has a photo essay on the folk art of Teochew (Chiuchow/Chaozhou) opera, and backs it up with a little of the history of the ethnic Chinese who share that birthplace.
Vietnam: The East is Punk
Coming across an array of punk-style badges in a Saigon market, NoodlePie wonders if the Vietnamese equivalent of Johnny Rotten will finally come and liberate his ears from indigenous pop music.
Blogging in the Cambodian Language
NIDA, National Information Communications Technology Development Authority, is the government agency that oversees the country's telecommunication policy. The Cambodian Government's ICT Policy encourages the development and deployment of Open Source software. The implementation partner is Khmer Open Source Project, an Open Source Software Localization project to customize Khmer-Language versions of...